January 28, 2015

Events and Reminders

BIOSTATISTICS JOURNAL CLUB. Predicting Gynecological Cancer Patients’ Susceptibility to Gastrointestinal Mucositis as a Side Effect of Radiation Therapy. Feb. 3, 12 noon-1 pm. COPH Room 2280. Presenter: Ralph L. Kodell, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics.

FREE WEBINAR: Debating the Future of the Affordable Care Act. Feb. 5, 12 noon-1:30 CST. Sponsored by the National Institute for Health Care Management. The discussion will focus on a challenge to the ACA to be decided by the Supreme Court and which could affect coverage in as many as 37 states. Click here for more information and to register.

OPEN TO ALL: Annual MHA Alumni Lecture – The Courage to Lead: an Unwavering Commitment to Excellence. Feb. 6, 12:15-1:15 pm.I. Dodd Wilson Lecture Hall 226.

Presenter: Rhonda A. Scott, Ph.D., RN, CS, Chief Nursing Officer at Grady Health System in Atlanta. Dr. Scott is credited with eliminating nurse contract labor, improving nursing, patient and physician satisfaction and enhancing nurse recruitment and retention at Grady Health System. When she joined Grady in 2004,Dr. Scott had 20 years of nursing experience at some of the finest healthcare institutions in the US, including the University of Chicago Medical Center, University of Alabama Medical Center, Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.

She is a member of several professional associations, has served as president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, is now a nurse executive fellow at the Wharton School of Business, and has been widely published in leading nursing journals.  Dr. Scott was awarded Tenet’s “Outstanding Chief Nursing Officer Award” and received the “Up and Comers Award” from Modern Healthcare magazine for rising stars in healthcare management.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science with a focus on Advanced Practice Nursing and Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University.

SHOWCASE OF MEDICAL DISCOVERIES. A Focus on Rare Diseases. Feb. 18, 4:30-6 pm. Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute Rotunda (10th floor). This showcase, sponsored by the College of Medicine, is open to all interested faculty, students, and staff. The series’ ongoing goals include fostering communication and collaboration among researchers and increasing awareness about research in Arkansas.

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE WORKSHOP. The Interplay between Environmental Exposures and Obesity. March 2-3, Research Triangle Park, NC. The workshop will be webcast for those who are unable to attend in person. Visit www.iom.edu/chemicalsandobesity to register and view the agenda and other materials as they become available.

The workshop will explore the role of chemical exposures in the development of obesity through sessions focused on a life span view, possible biologic pathways and environmental influences, and effects of food additives and antibiotics. Speakers will make links between exposure to environmental chemicals and increased incidence of weight gain, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and aspects of metabolic syndrome in animal models and human studies. Two panels at the end of the workshop will provide a chance to discuss opportunities for new research and possible policy actions to address exposure to chemicals associated with the development of obesity.

ARKANSAS CANCER SUMMIT. Fighting Cancer: Strategies for Success. March 17, 7:30 am-4 pm. Wyndham Riverfront, North Little Rock. Objectives: to provide updates on cancer trends in 2015 and how Arkansas measures up; to equip attendees with the latest updates on evidence-based strategies; and to unveil the third Arkansas Cancer Plan and provide training on how to use it. More information: www.arcancersummit.org.